Kyoto University of Advanced Science (KUAS)

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Kyoto University of Advanced Science (KUAS)
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School Introduction

Kyoto University of Advanced Science (“KUAS”) was founded in 1969 in Kameoka City, a progressive, constantly innovating and evolving with the times.

It has two campuses in Kyoto; one in Uzumasa and another in Kameoka, each of these possessing its own unique characteristics and facilities.

KUAS’s vision is a brighter future for society.

To fulfill it, it seeks to produce dynamic, capable graduates who by being able to identify the problems of the future, will be able to take on the challenge of complex and multifaceted problems 

As KUAS thinks that the experts and leaders who will support and contribute to the society of tomorrow will work in a world of diverse values, and to be sure that they are ready to do so, its teachers are committed to provide an education and support research that takes the initiative in solving global issues, by looking ahead to the future and identifying the issues that may arise.

By combining world-class progressive-mindedness, adaptability, and morality with specialized knowledge, creative thinking, and foresight alongside a broad, holistic foundation of knowledge, they will be prepared to solve them by conducting advanced academic research that will lead to the realization of KUAS’ vision.

Total Number of Students: 3,600, as of 2023 with 300 international students
Japanese Level Requirement: No Japanese required
School Staff Support Languages: English, Japanese
Enrolment Terms: September
Minimum Course Duration: Undergraduate: 4 years ; Graduate: Master's - 2 years ; phD - 3 years

Main Features

All-English Programs
KUAS is a international university and offers all-English programs for undergraduates and graduates in Engineering, making it possible to obtain skills at an advanced level in English, even in Japan.
The Engineering program will be joined by the Bioenvironmental Sciences International Program and Global Business and Economics Program in 2025, opening 2 new faculties to English-speaking students.
Acquisition of Japanese Language Proficiency

Students will also have Japanese language courses* during their program. It will supplement their technical skill and can broaden their options for post-graduation career paths.

Real-world Experience

The programs at KUAS are based on a practical approach. By gaining experience through exposure to real-world business, technology, and research, graduates will be primed to take an active role in society upon graduation.

School Location

KUAS is located in Kyoto, the former capital of Japan for more than a millennium. Kyoto remains a center of culture, industry, technology, and history. It is an academic city that has produced numerous Nobel Prize winners, and it is also home to many of the world’s leading high-tech industries and long-standing companies that have been in operation for centuries.

KUAS has Uzumasa Campus in the city area, where there are many historical sites, shops, convenience stores and restaurants. 

Kameoka Campus, the other KUAS campus, is located in the western part of Kyoto, surrounded by nature.

 

Nearest Station :

Uzumasa Campus: Uzumasa Tenjingawa (Tozai line)

There is also a campus bus connecting both campus

Kameoka Campus: Keihan bus from JR Kameoka or JR Katsuragawa

Available Courses

  • Engineering (Undergraduate)
  • Engineering (Graduate)
  • Bioenvironmental Sciences (Open in september 2025)
  • Global Business and Economics (Open in september 2025)

Engineering (Undergraduate)

Course Description

The Mechanical and Electrical Systems Engineering department offers an interdisciplinary and highly versatile curriculum that allows students to become engineers with remarkable skills in a variety of fields essential to modern engineering.

Mechanical and Electrical Systems Engineering focuses on the intelligent technology platforms essential to addressing the global challenges of fields such as the environment, energy efficiency, sustainability, disaster prevention and relief, food production, and large energy generation systems, to name a few. This technology also fuels innovation in fields such as industrial robots, drones or AII-driven machinery. 

KUAS offers a high degree of diversity in academic specialization so that students can become sufficient in a multitude of fields and able to respond to the demands of well-rounded engineers. 

Our courses cover topics such as:

Design and Production

Robotics

Materials

Mechanics

Control

Energy

Electromagnetics

Ionics

Instrumentation

Circuits

Actuators

Devices

Communication

KUAS’ curriculum is perfect for innovators that will lead the future of engineering.

Enrolment Periods & Duration

Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
September

Master’s – 2 years

Phd – 3 years

Regular entry: December 1st, 2023

Final entry: February 5th, 2024

Regular Entry: January 12th, 2024

Final Entry: March 8th, 2024

Course Features & Electives

  • Capstone Projects to complete your program

    Called “Capstone” by analogy with the name of the last stone placed on top of a pyramid, KUAS provides projects to engineering students between their 4th and 7th semesters so they can learn to solve problems by applying the skills and knowledge that they have obtained in the classroom.
    Collaborate within small teams to acquire communication skills essential for teamwork and to combine your ideas with those of your classmates, along with other skills required for working in society.
    Engage with real-world problems proposed by our partner companies for an “in the field” industry experience, that will allow you to learn about social issues they would need to solve in your career

  • Multidisciplinary Engineering Program

    Unparalleled program with a multidisciplinary learning approach Gain a multifaceted perspective of engineering by concurrently learning mechanics, electricity, programming, etc. to become well-versed in multiple specialized fields Maximize your potential while discovering new technologies Receive limitless opportunities to feed your desire for knowledge

  • Versatile State-of-the-art Facilities

    The Engineering Building is equipped with a vast variety of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to ensure that our students have everything necessary to sufficiently study our curriculum, which places heavy emphasis on multidisciplinary learning and hands-on training. The equipment is available to engineering students whenever they need it, ready to assist in the building of robots, drones, PCs and many other creations. Technical staff is always on hand to aid the students in operating the machines and giving shape to their ideas.

  • Intensive Japanese Courses

    KUAS provides all international students with intensive Japanese language courses at no additional cost. Become proficient in Japanese while studying engineering in English to broaden your employment horizons in the future: with your diverse engineering knowledge and academic abilities, as a KUAS graduate, you will stand out among the already in-demand talent as we expect a shortage of engineers in the coming years.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
1 Year ¥1,340,000

 

Other fees
Admission Fee ¥260,000 
Association/Membership fee ¥49,500

Engineering (Graduate)

Course Description

KUAS Graduate School of Engineering’s program is based on the four fields of 

Materials

Energy

Information

Systems

Each research field correlates and overlaps with the others and students are taught by experts in a wide range of fields.

Students have the ability to seek expert advice from specialists outside their field, which can lead to their discovery of new ideas and to new angles in order to innovate at a professional level while expanding their integrated knowledge beyond the boundaries of their field.

The aim of the KUAS Graduate School of Engineering is to provide engineering and research knowledge to scholars who possess exceptional problem-identifying abilities and awareness of trends in various academic fields and social needs. Furthermore, the programs seek to impart advanced knowledge in specialized fields indispensable to the creation of the next generation of mechanical and electrical systems.

In addition, “ORT” (On-the-Research Training) will be provided in cutting-edge research facilities led by internationally-renowned professors.

Enrolment Periods & Duration

Intake Duration Application Start Date Application Deadline
September

Master’s – 2 years

Phd – 3 years

Regular Entry: December 1st, 2023

January 26th, 2024

Course Features & Electives

  • Study of Extended Mechatronics

    Mechatronics is the academic area of focus at KUAS Graduate School of Engineering. Conventional fields of mechatronics have included mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering. At KUAS, these fields are extended with chemicals, materials, information and knowledge engineering Skills acquired in these disciplines can be applied in many industries Learn in an “on-the-research training” environment under the supervision of globally-active professors from around the world.
    More specifically, the study of mechatronics at the graduate level includes:
    mechanical engineering, for the development of actuators (such as motors), mechanical elements, sensors, and control equipment, as well as design, production and information processing; electrical, electronic, and communications engineering, for the development of electromagnetic and communication circuits and devices; materials science and engineering, for developing new materials and their mechanical applications; computer science and information engineering, for information processing, machine learning and big data analysis; and chemical engineering, for the development of batteries essential to electrical vehicles, autonomous systems and the Internet of Things (IoT).

  • Career Opportunities for Engineering Graduate Students

    As engineering is one of the most in-demand fields in the world, KUAS’ program is built in tune with the needs of our society today, and our major goal is to raise international leaders of science and technology for the 21st century. Moreover, Japan— and specifically Kyoto— is a major area for technological expertise, featuring some of the most innovative companies and dynamic engineering universities in the world.
    Graduates of KUAS Graduate School of Engineering can expect to enter the world’s high-tech industries with the knowledge of new technologies honed in our programs or to further develop their research. KUAS has unique connections with industries that will support your career choices.

  • Internship Program

    KUAS works with companies both within Japan and abroad to offer internship programs specifically designed for our students. More than 100 Japanese and 30 overseas companies offer internships to KUAS students, in a wide variety of industries.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees
Engineering Master’s – 1 Year ¥1,000,000
Engineering PHD – 1 Year ¥1,000,000
Other fees
Admission Fee ¥200,000 

Bioenvironmental Sciences (Open in september 2025)

Course Description

In the Bioenvironmental Sciences Program, students study nature and life from multiple perspectives. 

In the bioscience field, students explore the new power of life by analyzing phenomena and functions of organisms at the molecular level. They also conduct fieldwork, where they learn about the diversity of plants and animals and investigate methods for creating a sustainable natural environment. 

In the field of food, which is an essential aspect of life, students get acquainted with new technologies in agriculture and food processing and seek solutions to overcome potential future food crises.

The topics students can study in Bioenvironmental Sciences include all trends related to problems that mankind is facing today. 

Biotechnology

Ecology and environment

Agriculture and food technology

The Bioenvironmental Sciences Program has a practical curriculum structure, with approximately more than half of the time spent in experiments and hands-on training.

In their first two years, students engage in extensive studies on bioscience, the environment, and food and agriculture; from their third year, students choose an area of study that suits their interests and career path, with more advanced, specialized coursework. Students have the opportunity to participate in joint research with external research institutes and companies and hone skills that will serve as beneficial tools in their field of work.

Details on the curriculum for the Bioenvironmental Sciences Program will be announced in the near future.

Course Features & Electives

  • Fieldwork-friendly Campus

    The 231,764㎡ KUAS Kameoka Campus is home to the Faculty of Bioenvironmental Sciences, which includes full-scale laboratories, fields for growing crops, and a forest ideal for observing and investigating nature. The Bioenvironmental Sciences Program focuses on gaining hands-on experience at these facilities. Students can acquire in-depth practical training in the surrounding wildlife without leaving campus.

  •  Cross-curricular Program

    The Faculty of Bioenvironmental Sciences offers a cross-disciplinary curriculum that allows students to study multiple specialized fields simultaneously. Students can develop vast knowledge on the array of elements related to nature and life. In the second half of the program, students will specialize in their chosen field and participate in related research and projects.

  • Industrial Collaboration

    KUAS provides numerous opportunities to engage in off-campus learning. Students can experience practical training at local companies in Kyoto, as well as joint research with other faculties, universities and research institutions. Students can obtain practical, progressive knowledge and skills through a variety of collaborative research. This accumulated experience will pave the way for the student’s success in their career after graduation.

  • Intensive Japanese Courses

    KUAS provides all international students with intensive Japanese language courses to broaden their future career paths at no additional cost. After acquiring Japanese language proficiency, students can also take classes conducted in Japanese. By studying with Japanese students and engaging in cultural exchange, students can deepen their knowledge and interpersonal skills and increase their employment options.

  • Career Opportunities for Bioenvironmental Sciences Students

    In parallel with education in each specialized field, KUAS provides thorough career development education and job hunting support.
    From the year they enter KUAS, students learn about the structure of society and consider what it means to be a working member of that society. Students plan their own careers and learn the skills and knowledge necessary to perform in their selected fields. Students can participate in domestic and international internship programs during the summer to gain workplace experience. In addition, industrial collaboration projects, one of the key features of the Bioenvironmental Sciences Program, provide students with experience in their field and the confidence needed to contribute to their future workplace.
    Many students who graduate from the Faculty of Bioenvironmental Sciences go on to work for public companies. Some of these companies include world-renowned cosmetics companies, major food companies in Kyoto, pharmaceutical companies, and agricultural cooperatives. Others work as researchers in chemical research laboratories or continue their studies in graduate school.
    International students can expect to find more globally developed employment opportunities upon graduating from the Bioenvironmental Sciences Program.

  • Career Design Program

    KUAS seeks to nurture all of its students into young professionals who can act independently to achieve their goals. We provide numerous opportunities to communicate with companies and working people in order to help our students adapt to social change and find purpose in their career. By doing this, students can obtain the skills necessary to create an ideal future for themselves.
    KUAS also offers active-learning style classes to prepare students for job hunting in Japan. These help students to grow their understanding of industries, companies, and occupations. In addition, they empower students to develop a recognition of the skills and abilities they have gained during their student life, and how they relate to acquiring employment.
    Finally, KUAS encourages students to engage in self-exploration while building their careers with the assistance of our professional career support staff.

  • Internship Program

    KUAS works with companies both within Japan and abroad to offer internship programs specifically designed for our students. More than 100 Japanese and 30 overseas companies offer internships to KUAS students, allowing them to gain experience in a wide variety of industries.
    Participating in an internship program and acquiring knowledge of the real world will give students a great advantage in finding their own specialties in the future.

Global Business and Economics (Open in september 2025)

Course Description

The Global Business and Economics Program at KUAS seeks to nurture self-established global business leaders who can not only survive but also succeed in the VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity) age. Under the guidance of outstanding instructors, the program aims to foster individuals who have a firm grasp of global politics, economics, and culture, respond flexibly in a variable business environment, as well as identify and attempt to solve management issues independently.
The Global Business and Economics Program emphasizes the study of both business management and economics from a global perspective, with all lectures conducted in English. The Global Business and Economics Program reflects the characteristics of both the Department of Economics, which is characterized by research and education on behavioral economics―a more realistic field than the mainstream economics of the past―and the Department of Business Administration, which is exemplified by its research and education on entrepreneurship and innovation. The variety of course selection as well as diversity of staff ensure that our students become versatile in intercultural knowledge and language skill and train them to be well-versed in all fields relevant to the multifaceted business world.
Moreover, students will also participate in one of the internship programs specially provided for students of business and economics. Many companies, not only in Kyoto but also across Japan and abroad, are planning to accept interns. Students can use this as an opportunity to assess the array of fundamental business knowledge and strategies that they studied in class and get acclimated to applying it in actual workplace situations.

Course Features & Electives

  • Business Leaders’ Guidance

    The Global Business and Economics Program at KUAS offers an authentic curriculum in a variety of practical and specialized fields. Courses are taught by experts with rich business experience. This program provides real-world knowledge and perspective in both management and economic settings, ensuring that students can develop the skills necessary to become global business leaders.

  •  Industrial Collaboration

    KUAS provides numerous opportunities to engage in off-campus learning. Students can visit companies, interact with their representatives and participate in internships at a multitude of domestic and overseas partner companies to obtain legitimate experience. Such business experience will play a key role in job hunting after graduation.

  • Intensive Japanese Courses

    KUAS provides all international students with intensive Japanese language courses to broaden their future career paths at no additional cost. After acquiring Japanese language proficiency, students can also take classes conducted in Japanese. By studying with Japanese students and engaging in cultural exchange, students can deepen their knowledge and interpersonal skills and increase their employment options.
    Career Opportunities for Business Students
    In parallel with education in each specialized field, KUAS provides thorough career development education and job hunting support.
    From the year they enter KUAS, students learn about the structure of society and consider what it means to be a working member of that society. Students plan their own careers and learn the skills and knowledge necessary to perform in their selected fields. Students can participate in domestic and international internship programs during the summer to gain workplace experience.
    In addition, the Global Business and Economics Program’s strengths, such as guidance by faculty members with practical experience and case studies, will guide students in becoming familiar with society. By gaining sufficient knowledge before graduation, students will be able to step out into society with a clear vision.
    Most students who graduate from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration find employment in general industries including high-tech, finance, tourism and distribution.
    By acquiring language and business skills within the diversity of KUAS, the career paths of international students graduating from this program will be limitles includingstarting your own business.

  • Career Design Program

    KUAS seeks to nurture all of its students into young professionals who can act independently to achieve their goals. We provide numerous opportunities to communicate with companies and working people in order to help our students adapt to social change and find purpose in their career. By doing this, students can obtain the skills necessary to create an ideal future for themselves.
    KUAS also offers active-learning style classes to prepare students for job hunting in Japan. These help students to grow their understanding of industries, companies, and occupations. In addition, they empower students to develop a recognition of the skills and abilities they have gained during their student life, and how they relate to acquiring employment.
    Finally, KUAS encourages students to engage in self-exploration while building their careers with the assistance of our professional career support staff.

  • Internship Program

    KUAS works with companies both within Japan and abroad to offer internship programs specifically designed for our students. More than 100 Japanese and 30 overseas companies offer internships to KUAS students, allowing them to gain experience in a wide variety of industries.
    Participating in an internship program and acquiring knowledge of the real world will give students a great advantage in finding their own specialties in the future.
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Student Demographics

Asia

74.7%

Europe

11.75%

North and South America

9.34%

Central & South America

15%

Africa

3.61%

Middle East

0.6%

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